A prescribed burning on the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting. (Courtesy Texas A&M Forest Service)
A prescribed burning of the W.G. Jones State Forest along FM 1488 is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, weather permitting, according to a Jan. 13 release from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Prescribed burning operations are a standard forest-management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction and providing community safety, according to the release.
The prescribed burning aids in reducing the potential of a devastating wildfire within the state forest, restoring the habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, improving access and visual aesthetics to the forest for safety purposes, enhancing wildlife habitats by increasing the amount of sunlight to the forest floor and interdepartmental training for emergency response crews, according to the release.
As a result of the burning operations, certain areas of the forest will be closed to the public during this time.
Anna joined Community Impact in 2016 and is the editor of the Tomball-Magnolia and Conroe-Montgomery editions. She previously was a reporter for the Tomball-Magnolia edition. Prior to CI, Anna graduated with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Ohio where she served as editor-in-chief of Cedars. She also interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette. Outside of work, Anna enjoys snuggling her dogs, Opie and Luna, baking or reading.
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